Give Yourself Some Peace of Mind With These Safe Crib Bumper Alternatives

By angela at 2020-09-01 • 0 collector • 133 pageviews

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Are you considering purchasing a crib bumper for a baby on the way? Fluffy, patterned, and soft to the touch, crib bumpers have been sitting on the shelves of mainstream retailers for decades.

Though seemingly harmless, crib bumpers can actually increase the risk of SIDS. From 1990 to 2016, 107 fatal and 282 nonfatal incidents (related to suffocation, strangulation, and entrapment) were directly connected to crib bumpers. Even scarier? In the more recent years of the study (2008 to 2012), the annual rate of crib bumper-related deaths nearly tripled.

Dr. Edward Kulich,The Baby Sleep Doctor, says crib bumpers should "absolutely not" be available to consumers, and he gave us three reasons why he recommends parents keep crib bumpers far away from, well, the crib:

  1. Until about 3 to 4 months old, babies don't roll, and it's unlikely an infant would generate enough force to be injured.

  2. Before 4 to 9 months old, babies can roll face-first into a crib bumper — the equivalent of using a pillow. There's certainly a theoretical risk of suffocation.

  3. After 9 to 10 months old, most infants can pull themselves to a standing position and use the crib bumper as a step to fall out of the crib.


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